Jean-Louis Missika, former deputy of Anne Hidalgo at Paris City Hall, convicted of battle of curiosity | EUROtoday

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The former deputy for city planning at Paris City Hall Jean-Louis Missika (Socialist Party) was sentenced Tuesday April 2 by the legal courtroom to a high-quality of 90,000 euros and two years of ineligibility for a revolving door – having left public service for the non-public sector – on the finish of his mandate, in two actual property teams, in 2020 and 2021.

Aged 73, Mr. Missika appeared on Tuesday earlier than the Paris judicial courtroom as a part of a process for look on prior recognition of guilt (CRPC), a type of French-style responsible plea. The sentence proposed by the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF), which it accepted, was authorized by the president of the 32e monetary chamber.

Deputy for innovation (2008-2014) to Bertrand Delanoë, then for city planning (2014-2020) throughout Anne Hidalgo's first mandate, Mr. Missika then joined a mission committee fashioned by the Novaxia actual property group in addition to an orientation and potential committee of the Gecina actual property group. This scenario was denounced by the Parisian opponent Danielle Simonnet (La France insoumise), which led to the referral by Anne Hidalgo to the ethics fee of elected representatives of the Council of Paris.

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Conflict of curiosity scenario, however no favoritism

She noticed this as an moral downside and a possible battle of curiosity, resulting in Mr. Missika's departure from his place and reviews to the courts. After preliminary denials throughout the investigation entrusted by the PNF to the Brigade for the Repression of Economic Delinquency (BRDE), Mr. Missika admitted on Tuesday, on the bar, “a misinterpretation of the law and [d’]having made the very serious mistake of not consulting the ethics committee before signing these contracts” with Novaxia and Gecina.

He confused having put sure clauses in his contracts which he thought have been ample for him to be “within the nails. This was not the case “. The financial prosecutor, for his part, affirmed that the former deputy was “in an objective situation of conflict of interest”. “It was not a mistake, there was an absence of good faith. » Mr. Missika was warned, shortly after the end of his elected mandate, by the president of the ethics commission of “the impossibility of joining a private company over which he had exercised a supervisory role” as a deputy, emphasized the prosecutor.

But, according to the latter, “the investigation also made it possible to rule out all suspicions of favoritism or quid pro quo [postérieures] to decisions [relatives à Novaxia et Gecina] taken by Mr. Missika in his capacity as town planning assistant”while the two companies had been entrusted with missions by the Paris City Hall at the time when Mr. Missika was still alongside Hidalgo. The financial prosecutor further observed that Mr. Missika had indeed “reimbursed” the disputed sums and announced that the presidents of Novaxia and Gecina were “the subject of proceedings before the criminal court” from June 17 to 19, because they “did not recognize the facts”.

Mr. Missika had “believed I could exercise in good faith, independence and probity within both companies”commented his lawyers, Pierre-Olivier Sur and Sofia Norten, in a press release sent to Agence France-Presse.

The World with AFP

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